What Is an Eco Roof? Here’s an Overview of What You Should Know

Greenery has been used in architecture for years, and in urban settings, it’s been growing increasingly popular since the 1930s. Today a greater number of builders than ever are seeking to incorporate eco roofing into their buildings as a way of reducing carbon footprints and creating more sustainable residential and industrial spaces.

An eco roof is a type of living roof that is installed in place of or in addition to conventional roofing materials. The result is a roof that is both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great option for environmentally-conscious property owners looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

There are many different types of eco roofing, and the options for designs are limitless. Here are a few examples of some of the benefits of investing in such a roof:

  • Ease of installation: Certain types of green roofs can be quite easy to install and do not even require the assistance of a specialist. Various modular green roof kits are quite popular among homeowners for this reason.
  • Biodiversity: Green roofs improve biodiversity and support a wide range of birds, animals and insects. This is especially important in areas where local plants have been trimmed too far back.
  • Reduced air pollution: Air pollution is a big problem in many urban environments because there are not enough trees and plants to naturally filter the air. Eco roofing can help improve air quality, as it provides more of these plants to filter out allergens, dust and pollutants.
  • Aesthetics: Green roofs can be very aesthetically pleasing, especially when viewed above. In urban environments where there is little green space to be found (relative to areas outside the city), these splashes of green can make a big difference.
  • Structural protection: Certain types of plants (when installed on roofing surfaces) provide additional structural protection to the building, which can help to extend the lifespan of your eco roofing.
  • Low maintenance: Green roofs are low-maintenance installations. You can trim back the plants if you feel like it’s necessary, but you do not have to worry about using hydration systems. Drainage mats used for installations of eco roofs help retain and recycle rainwater to keep the plants healthy.
  • Potential financial benefits: You may be able to qualify for various deductions and tax credits as a result of investing in a green roof. Planning authorities and government departments are big fans of sustainable projects, and green roofs are growing increasingly common.
  • Sound: Green roofs can serve as an effective sound barrier, especially when in busy urban areas. You could significantly cut down on noise levels by having vegetation on top of your roof.

These are just a few examples of some of the main benefits associated with the installation of eco roofing. To learn more about how you can implement a green roofing system at your property and some of the design possibilities you may have for your site, get in touch with the team at Manada Roofing Inc. today.